What is this “thing” in my airline meal – and what are you going to do about it?

If you’re a regular reader of this site, it may seem hard to believe, but even first-class passengers sometimes need help.
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A legitimate complaint wrapped inside a frivolous one — should I let this case go?

A rainy day at the airport. / Photo by Carib b – Flickr Creative Commons
I don’t normally dismiss cases reflexively, but when I hear someone complaining about special meals, it takes a lot for me to follow through and contact an airline on their behalf.
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Yuck! Carnival served me dinner with a side order of chewing gum

Maybe I should have had the mashed potatoes instead?
When Marilyn Sweeney bit into a serving of sweet potato casserole during her seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Valor she tasted something unusual. It was rubbery, with a faint mint flavor.

“I did not recognize it at first,” she says. “I thought it was food.”

It wasn’t. It was chewing gum. Used chewing gum.
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